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Your Friendly Guide to Traditional Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Tools

Brushes      

Wondering how to choose your brush? What length? What kind of hair? Your in the right place!! Lets do this step by step and finally get answers for the questions we always asked but never got straightforward answers for.  What you really need to know is that Chinese brushed are divided into plenty of different categories and types but the two main and most important ones are Wolf hair brushes and Sheep hair brushes - the third category is Sheep and Wolf mixed brushes. Don’t bother with other stuff at the beginning and it will probably make you feel much better to know that some of China’s and Japan’s greatest Calligraphers and Painters have never went beyond the Sheep and Wolf categories to use stuff like Weasel, Horse and Rabbit hair brushes. (more ...)

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    Seals  

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The earliest examples of traditional Chinese seals are from the Shang Dynasty around the 16th century B.C but it is only during the warring states period (411-221 B.C.) that we see clear indications of wide use of seals in the official as well as the private sectors. Seals served emperors, kings, aristocrats, landlords, warlords, merchants and even ordinary people. Like many things that begin as a type of craftsmanship, seal carving slowly evolved into a proper art with different schools, styles and approaches. (more ...)
Ink      
One of the Four Treasures of the study as referred to in Chinese scholarly works about Art.  The main types of Ink are liquid ink in bottles, tube ink.

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    Paper  

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The most commonly used Calligraphy and Painting  is what the Chinese call ‘Xuan Paper’. Unlike what most westerners believe Chinese Calligraphy paper is not made of rice it is more often than not made Cherry tree bark. Xuan paper is divided into two categories, Sheng Xuan and Shu Xuan. The former is usually more suitable for Calligraphy and expressionist painting because it lets the ink to spread freely. For the same reason it is harder to control. The Shu Xuan is suitable for what the Chinese call ‘Gong Bi’ or meticulous painting there there is a strong stress on details and accuracy. The Shu Xuan doesn’t let the ink spread and therefore the artist is in full control of the application of ink, namely, wherever you apply the ink is where it will stay.